A short time ago, in a galaxy most of us call home…
Excitement and joy filled the air as people from around the world gathered for Maker Faire. Putting aside all personal squabbles, engineers, Victorian-era spies, and bounty hunters joined together to celebrate and peddle their services.
It was into this bustle that two representatives from the office full of both ABCs and glorious light arrived. Carrying the banner of National Novel Writing Month, the burden and responsibility of standing in for Wrimos around the globe weighed heavy on their shoulders.
Could writers find a place amidst this bastion of fire-breathing metal, land sharks, and robot petting zoos? The question remained…
And was answered with an unequivocal yes! It was fantastic to meet so many Wrimos, and friends and family of Wrimos. On top of that, we got to introduce people to the unique challenge of NaNoWriMo, and talk up the community of people who create entire worlds in thirty days with their bare hands.
An unanticipated but hilarious perk were the kids who had never seen a typewriter before, and were mystified by this steampunk-esque contraption on our table. Parents explained how the hammers worked, guided their kids through manual returns, and asked how the email function worked (JOKES).
R2-D2 and his fellow astromech droids patrolled the hall outside of which our booth was set up. A good thing, too:
Still, all things considered, the Daleks were a reasonably quiet presence. Most likely a reconnaissance mission, or perhaps fully kept in check by the many bow-tied, floppy-haired men with more than a passing resemblance to our favorite doctor.
All in all, great fun was had, and many, many buttons, stickers, and flyers bearing NaNo’s slogans and crest were put out into the universe.
Thanks to Kevin at Social Imprints for finagling our last-minute jockeying for a presence, and to Maker Faire, of course, for the amazing time.
Has anyone else ever been to a Maker Faire? Will we see you there next time? And most importantly: Doctor Who vs. Star Wars—go!